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Melton borough councillor resigns after nearly 40 years

Melton Borough Conservative Councilor and former Leader of The Council Malise Graham MBE has resigned after 37 years service.

Malise has represented Wymondham Ward since May 1987. During his time as a Councillor, he served as Mayor of the Borough of Melton during the 1993-94 Civic Year and was Leader of Melton Borough Council for a total of 14 years over this time.

Mr Graham was also Leader in 2008 when two thirds of the then Council building in Nottingham Road, were destroyed by fire.

Malise saw through the controversial scheme to build new Council Offices, on a brown field site, by the railway station, known today as Parkside. These Offices came in on budget and two months late - because of bad weather.

Malise Graham has resigned after 37 years. Photo: Rutland & Melton Conservatives

The sale of some the land by the old Council Offices to Sainsbury’s enabled his successor to have a debt free Council with new offices that were designed to incorporate partnership working.

Although as Leader most of his Committee time was spent Chairing the Policy, Finance and Administration Committee he has served on all Council Committees with the exception of Planning.

A spokesperson for Melton Borough Council said: "I can confirm that Councillor Malise Graham has resigned and is no longer an elected member of the council. This means that a Notice of Vacancy has been published and if two electors call an election, then a by-election for the Wymondham Ward will take place."

Confirming the news on X, Rutland & Melton Conservatives said: "We want to thank Malise for all his service to the residents of Wymondham Ward, as well to the party locally."

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